The New York Times will print ebook bestseller lists in 2011

first_imgOn Wednesday we reported that whether you preferred the printed page or not, e-books were becoming a force to be reckoned with: having accounted for only $150 million in sales back in 2008, the e-book publishing sector is now a billion dollar industry. It’s a meteoric rise in popularity that heralds the future of print as being primarily digital, not analog, and it looks like at least one important publication is taking notice: The New York Times.As you probably know, the New York Times Bestseller List is the most respect resource for knowing which books are doing well, but until now, they’ve never reported e-book sales. That’s all about to change, though, come early 2011, when the NYT will not only print Fiction and Non-Fiction Bestseller Lists for printed books, but do the same for e-books as well.AdChoices广告The information in these lists will be independently audited by a third-party company, and the new e-book lists will be published both in the NYT’s print edition and their online edition. It’s a sign of the changing times of print: far from being a flash in the pan, e-books are becoming simply too large of a market to ignore.last_img read more

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Google TV to get OTA update bringing remote and better Netflix app

first_imgIf you’re an owner of a Google TV capable device, a rare dose of good news after the broadcast networks have done everything in their power to neuter your new gadget: a new over-the-air update is soon to be pushed out, which will enable a healthy dose of new functionality, including an updated Netflxi app, a resizable picture-in-picture window and support for Android‘s voice-enabled remote app.The Netflix additions are probably the most exciting. The updated app will get support for more streaming titles, as well as the ability to add DVDs to your queue. On top of that, the dual view mode will now allow you to move and resize Google TV’s cool picture-in-picture window on the screen, shifting it and resizing it to a more optimal position… a smooth new addition for those who like to multitask between both the Internet and their TV at the same time.AdChoices广告Then there’s the mobile app, which is the analogue to Apple‘s own Remote.app. It allows you to replace your normal remote control with your phone, even using voice control to do so. Just don’t snap “Stop that!” at your kids while the app is open.Read more at Googlelast_img read more

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Smartfish Engage ergonomic keyboard is available for 150

first_imgSmartfish’s Engage keyboard, which we’ve heard about a number of times over the past two years, is finally available for sale. The company is billing the keyboard as “the world’s first intelligent keyboard that prevents Repetitive Stress Injury”. It does this using “a patented motion system that studies your typing frequency and subtly changes your hand and wrist position while you work.”I know what you’re thinking: “Huh?” This will help:AdChoices广告The patented “ErgoMotion” technology adjusts the keyboard as you type in order to reduce the risk of RSI. As you can see from the video the changes are subtle, so we are only talking about a few degrees of tilt or rotation of the keyboard halves. It determines how and when to move based on your typing frequency (though it’s not clear whether they mean how often you type or if your are, say, using the number pad a lot). The minor change in hand position decreases the likelihood of repetitive stress injury.Read more at Smartfish, via EngadgetSal’s ThoughtsThis looks interesting, but I’m far from sold. I do think that changing your typing position from time to time will help, but RSI is a complex thing and hand position is not the only factor. For example, how hard you type is also important which is one reason why we see people using different key switches. Also it’s not really clear why the keyboard is adjusting at any given time, I’d love to learn more about the intelligence behind it. Finally, I’m hesitant about this because if the base has moving parts there is the chance they won’t feel solid, which will have a negative impact on the typing experience.I’m looking forward to trying out the Engage keyboard, but until them I’ll just switch between keyboards now and then–that seems to be keeping my wrists in good shape.last_img read more

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Sony Xperia Play to get Minecraft first

first_imgIf you’re an avid Minecraft fan, soon you won’t have to rush home to your desktop or laptop to get your game on. The developer behind the game has confirmed that there will be mobile versions of the game for Android and iOS, but the Android version will come first. Also, the first Android phone to get the game will be the PlayStation Phone, otherwise known as the Xperia Play, launching this week on Verizon Wireless.The version of Minecraft coming to the Xperia Play will be slightly different than other Android versions because it’ll be designed to use the slide-out control buttons on the device. Versions of the game for standard Android and iOS devices will come quickly afterward.AdChoices广告Mojang, the developer behind Minecraft, has said that dealing with the intricacies of varied screen sizes and control mechanisms will be their primary challenge in getting a version of the game out that everyone can play. They noted to Gamasutra that the game will have to be built for mobile play, likely meaning players will be able to quickly hop in and out of the game, and there will be tolerances for lagging data connections or drops.Gamasutra reports that we’ll likely hear more about the upcoming mobile versions of Minecraft at E3, during a Minecraft event on the night of June 7th where visitors will reportedly “take refuge with Sony Ericsson to keep the creepers at bay.” The tagline almost certainly points to a launch on the Xperia Play during the event.Still, just because the game may be unveiled at E3 doesn’t mean we’ll be able to play it afterward. Mojang is keeping a tight lid on when the game will be available on any platform, including the Xperia Play, or how much the mobile version will cost when it’s released. They have tipped, however, that the game will follow the model set by its PC counterpart: “release early and update frequently,” meaning we’ll get something sooner rather than later, even if it’s a rough cut.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more

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15yearold facing jail time for downloading 24 movies

first_imgA 15-year-old boy in Sweden is facing up to two years in jail because the head teacher at his school reported him to police for illegal file downloading.The piracy came to light when a technician at a Gothenberg school traced the introduction of a virus on the school network back to the boy’s computer. On scanning the drive he located 24 movies including The Mechanic, The Social Network, and The Fighter. He proceeded to report the finding to the head teacher.Rather than call the boy in for a chat and discuss punishment for both introducing the virus and downloading illegal files, the head teacher instead called the police and had the kid arrested. Apparently, the policy of the school is to call the police if a crime is committed.Now the boy is facing a rather severe punishment of up to 2 years in jail, although if he’s lucky his parents will just have to find the cash to pay a large fine.The case is unique because no one this young has ever been targeted for prosecution before, but that doesn’t mean it will be thrown out. The Swedish Pirate Party obviously disagrees and believes it should never have got as far as the courts in the first place.One key aspect of the case is that it hinges on the boy sharing the movies as well as downloading them because of the way BitTorrent works. Even though he didn’t realize this was happening, it does mean he was distributing stolen goods as well as downloading them in the first place.The obvious question this brings up is should we be putting teenagers, or in fact anyone, in jail for downloading content illegally? Or is it time for the law to be revised and some other form of punishment introduced that still acts as a deterrent, but doesn’t remove individuals from society?Although the boy is to blame for what he did, you do have to question the actions of the head teacher. Did this really need to be a police matter? Why not instead discuss with the boy what could happen next and make him understand how serious what he had done was.Read more at Torrentfreaklast_img read more

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Amazon Kindle Fire nears 250K sold

first_imgAmazon’s Kindle Fire is the hottest tablet on the market that isn’t an iPad, and it’s not even available yet. The initial pace of orders has slowed slightly, down from 2,000 per hour to about 1,000 per hour. Nevertheless, the Kindle Fire has already done something it took RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook more than a full fiscal quarter to do: sell 250,000 units.That’s sure to give Jeff Bezos and crew something to smirk about, considering the Kindle Fire is, by all accounts, a PlayBook in Amazon clothing. While countless other Android tablets have failed to generate much interest outside geeky circles, the Kindle Fire is already kicking butt and taking names and it’s not even shipping yet.While Amazon hasn’t offered up any official numbers yet, a pair of independent sources close to the company have arrived at very similar figures. Since it’s still sitting atop Amazon’s top sellers list after 10 days, there’s no reason to think a quarter million Kindle Fires pre-sold is unrealistic.Its success indicates two things very clearly. First, that a content-first experience on a tablet is crucial. Amazon’s massive digital content ecosystem spans eBooks, magazines, newspapers, music, movies, and Android apps. While Google’s Android ecosystem has come a long way, it’s not yet on par with Amazon’s offerings. Amazon has long been considered the only real challenger who could match Apple, and the Kindle Fire’s early success backs that up.Second, the Kindle Fire proves that average consumers definitely want a tablet — as long as the price is right. At $199, the Kindle Fire is easy to justify — far easier than $499 for a Xoom or Galaxy Tab.And if that  $149 price tag to manufacture the Kindle Fire is accurate, that means Amazon will have crossed $12 million in profit on the Kindle without a single customer purchasing a lick of digital content. That’s pretty impressive.For a closer look at the Kindle Fire — and its eReader cousins — check out Sal’s eyes-on report.More at All Things Dlast_img read more

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Sharp slaps Feel UX on to its Android phones

first_imgWith dozens of manufacturers churning out hundreds of Android devices, how do you make your all-black touchscreen slab more appealing to potential buyers? By customizing the interface, of course! Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC slathers on Sense, and Motorola leans on MotoBlur. Sharp? They’re bringing a re-tooled Android experience to users with their new Feel UX software.Sharp‘s aim was to deliver something intuitive, visually appealing, highly customizable, and innovative to their Aquos Phone line-up. To achieve that goal, they teamed up with San Francisco’s frog design. The home screen is split into three tabs: apps, widgets, and shortcuts. App icons are given plenty of padding so as to be finger-friendly, and the same look is applied to the shortcuts tab — where you can drop icons that allow you to instantly chat, call, or mail individual contacts or perform other app-based actions.The lock screen has received a major infusion of functionality. Without having to fully unlock the phone, Feel UX users can call up their photo gallery, snap a picture, place a call, compose a message, or even swipe through stock quotes. Another nice touch is how weather conditions are displayed: they’re projected over your wallpaper as virtual rain, snow, sunshine, or whatever else Mother Nature decides to throw at you.Sharp is a little late to the custom UX dance… so why are they making this move now? The Japanese market is still dominated by dumbphones, which outnumber smartphones 4 to 1. In February 2012, however, ComScore noted that smartphones finally took over the number one spot on the sales charts in The Land of the Rising Sun. If more and more of their countrymen are looking for a smartphone, now’s the time for Sharp to dress up their devices with a sleek, snazzy new interface.More at frog design and PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Everquest Next may be the first MMO to support Oculus Rift

first_imgAlthough some of us may be a bit skeptical about what Everquest Next will bring to the MMO table, the games certainly has a lot of potential. The development team has promised a return to gameplay similar to the original Everquest, although the game is set in a parallel world of Norrath allowing for a lot of flexibility with the storyline, locations, characters, and gameplay.Something not announced during the initial unveiling of Everquest Next has been hinted at in a new development video released yesterday. Entitled “Inside the Black Box,” you can watch the video below. Be sure to pay full attention when you reach the 1m 50s mark and Creative Director Jeff Butler appears on screen.What you will have noticed is Butler finishes talking and then proceeds to put on an Oculus Rift before playing a build of a game.Although no reference is actually made to the virtual reality headset, Butler makes it very obvious Sony Online Entertainment is at least experimenting with supporting Oculus Rift in the game. If that makes it to the final game, then Everquest Next may be the first MMO to support the headset.Walking around totally immersed in an MMO world using an Oculus Rift could be awesome if executed well. By that I mean they also add support for the Omni treadmill, which would allow you to really walk around the world.As well as the immersive benefits of adding such support, Everquest Next could actually produce a new class of ultra-fit MMO gamers. Running around the Everquest environment for several hours every night hooked up to a Rift and standing in an Omni is going to keep the weight off, or even help gamers lose a few pounds. It’s also going to be much harder to reach for those sugar-filled drinks and snacks while playing if you’re using such a setup.Now read: Watch 20 minutes of The Elder Scrolls Online gameplaylast_img read more

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Man died because of assault by RUC officers report finds

first_img By Paul Hosford 41 Comments Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:01 AM Man died because of assault by RUC officers, report finds Most of the officers have retired from policing, but others remain within the PSNI. Share146 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3098982 Nov 24th 2016, 8:01 AM Short URL THE POLICE SERVICE of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has expressed regret after a report found a man assaulted by officers later died from his injuries.American citizen John Hemsworth lived in Belfast with his wife and daughter until his death in 1998.On Sunday, 6 July 1997, he went to St Gall’s GAA club for the evening. At around 1.45am, John was attacked by members of the RUC as he made his way home on foot. John Hemsworth Source: Relatives for JusticeThe attack followed disturbances between the RUC and nationalist youths after permission was given to allow an Orange Order march through the nationalist Garvaghy Road area of Portadown. This meant there were no taxis in the area.As John made his way home to Conway Street in the lower Falls area, he encountered an RUC riot squad in nearby Malcolmson Street.It is believed that they immediately set upon him with their batons and, the inquest found, kicked him as he lay on the ground.John managed to get home and then onto the Royal Victoria Hospital where he was treated for a broken jaw, neck injuries and severe bruising to his body.He began developing severe headaches and was also unable to eat given the injuries to his jaw. A self-employed plumber and heating engineer John was unable to work for a number of months.On 27 December 1997 John was admitted to hospital with continued head, neck and jaw ache.On 1 January 1998 John passed away from a major blood clot to the brain.Inquest File photo of RUC riot police. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesOn May 2011 an inquest established that John had died as a result of the attack by the RUC. However, none of the RUC officers present in Malcolmson Street where the attack occurred could recall anyone being assaulted by the RUC.The case was referred to the Police Ombudsman, who said:The medical evidence is that the injuries sustained by Mr Hemsworth were the sole underlying cause of his death in 1998. Further, the available evidence leads me to conclude that those injuries were sustained as a consequence of Mr Hemsworth being assaulted by police officers.“I am concerned that throughout the course of three investigations and an Inquest no officer who was present has been able to recall the incident.”Most of the officers have retired from policing, but others remain within the PSNI.In a statement issued through Relatives for Justice and Flynn & McGettrick Solicitors, John’s widow Collette said:““I was robbed of my loving husband and my daughter of her devoted father.Nothing can ever replace that aching gap in our lives. The cherished memories we have of John remain with us every single day. He was a wonderful human being who would not have harmed a living soul and yet he was so cruelly set upon.“Despite all the heartache of this past 19 years we can finally say that we established the truth for John – that the vicious and unprovoked assault by the RUC on John was the direct cause of his death. In that regard the battle for the truth was worthwhile despite how difficult it was.”A statement from PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said they accept the findings.It is a matter of deep regret that individual culpability for the assault on Mr Hemsworth has not been identified and that police officers who may have committed offences have not been held to account. I would take this opportunity to appeal to anyone who may have information in relation to this to come forward and contact the office of the Police Ombudsman.Read: Raw sewage is being pumped out in 43 areas across the country, says EPA 13,632 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Man charged with planning Kim Kardashian robbery

first_imgMan charged with planning Kim Kardashian robbery A total of 10 people have now been charged. By AFP Image: AP/Press Association Images Jan 13th 2017, 9:59 PM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3186191 Image: AP/Press Association Images A FRENCH JUDGE today charged the alleged mastermind of the spectacular Paris heist in which five masked men robbed US reality TV television star Kim Kardashian of jewellery worth millions, prosecutors said.The 60-year-old man was among six suspects charged over the 3 October robbery during which the celebrity was bound and gagged at gunpoint, then locked in a bathroom at the luxury residence where she was staying during Paris Fashion Week.A total of 10 people have now been charged, including five accused of playing a direct role in robbing the 36-year-old Kardashian of jewellery worth some €9 million.Police began watching the ringleader after finding his DNA at the scene on materials used to tie up Kardashian, leading police to the other suspects, sources close to the probe said earlier.They said some of the suspects have confessed to their involvement, but would not say which ones.One of the sources described the five alleged assailants, who range in age from 54 to 72, as “old-school gangsters”.Wearing police uniforms, gunmen first overpowered a night watchman at the residence in the chic Madeleine area of the French capital where the US celebrity was staying.Two of them then burst into the star’s apartment, gagged and bound her and locked her in a bathroom before helping themselves to gems including a 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring worth some €4 million.It was the biggest jewellery theft from an individual that France has seen in more than 20 years.The oldest of the suspected burglars is 72-year-old Pierre “Pierrot” B., a convicted cocaine dealer who was arrested in a villa in the south of France on Monday.Another, aged 61 and nicknamed “Blue Eyes”, was sentenced in 2003 to eight and half years in jail for international cocaine trafficking after being busted with two tonnes of the drug at a Paris airport.The ringleader’s companion, named as Christiane G., and his 27-year-old son were charged with abetting the crime, with the son suspected of driving the thieves to the scene.© – AFP 2017Read: Couple in their 50s shot in the legs in paramilitary-style attack> 11,547 Views Share Tweet Email Friday 13 Jan 2017, 9:59 PM Short URLlast_img read more

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Two men arrested over Dublin shop owner hammer attack

first_img Share224 Tweet Email1 Two men arrested over Dublin shop owner hammer attack The men were arrested in Finglas this morning. Tanseys where the attack took place. Source: Google MapsTWO MEN HAVE been arrested over an attack with a hammer which left a Ballygall shop owner hospitalised.Gardaí said that they had arrested two men (both in their 20s) in relation to an attempted robbery on Tansey’s shop on Fitzmaurice Road in Ballygall, close to Finglas, on Saturday.The shop owner – Kevin Tansey – received serious head injuries when he was attacked by two men who had attempted to rob his shop early on Saturday morning.It is believed he was struck over the head with a hammer in the incident. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his injuries were described as serious.The men fled the scene in what was believed to have been a white saloon type car. Nothing was stolen in the incident.Gardaí said both men were arrested this morning in the Finglas area are currently being detained at Finglas and Blanchardstown Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and Section 30 of the Offences Against the state Act respectively.Read: Shop assistant rushed to hospital with serious head injuries after failed raid in Dublin 17 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3298942 Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 1:32 PM 15,425 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Mar 21st 2017, 1:32 PM Short URLlast_img read more

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Coutinho stars as clinical Liverpool too good for Everton in Merseyside Derby

first_img PHILIPPE COUTINHO STARRED as Liverpool responded to Everton’s threat to their Champions League aspirations with a commanding 3-1 victory in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday.Spectacular first-half strikes from Sadio Mane and Coutinho kept Jurgen Klopp’s men on course for a top-four finish, either side of Everton defender Matthew Pennington’s first Premier League goal.Divock Origi added a third mid-way through the second half just three minutes after replacing the injured Mane as Liverpool, for a few hours at least, soared to third in the Premier League table.For Everton, it was a grim extension of their miserable record at Anfield, where they last won in 1999, while Liverpool completed a first double of derby wins since 2010-11.Everton came into the match in good form, with just one defeat in 12 league matches since Mane’s 97th-minute goal secured Liverpool a 1-0 win in December’s reverse fixture at Goodison Park.Victory for Everton at Anfield would have reduced the gap between the side to just three points –- down from 14 at Christmas –- but that never looked likely.Mane opened the scoring just eight minutes in with a special goal.He spun neatly around his Senegal team-mate Idrissa Gueye’s slide challenge on the halfway line, played a neat one-two with Roberto Firmino and then carried the ball across the Everton penalty area on a diagonal run.With Everton retreating fatally, he let fly with a low shot that left Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles powerless.It might have been worse for the Blues after 19 minutes when Everton’s youthful right side retreated again.This time Coutinho was the beneficiary, unleashing a shot that Robles punched up into the air, with captain Phil Jagielka heading the ball away as it dropped towards goal.It was a shock when Everton got back on terms in the 28th minute and the identity of the goalscorer was even more of a surprise.- Gleeful Pennington -Young defender Pennington had not featured in an Everton line-up since last May, let alone score a goal.But having come in for leg break victim Seamus Coleman, he was the beneficiary when Leighton Baines’s first corner of the afternoon created panic in the Liverpool penalty area.Jagielka headed on, Ashley Williams challenged Coutinho inside the six-yard box and the ball broke loose for a gleeful Pennington to pounce in front of the Kop.He celebrated with the relish of a young man who had never scored a top-flight goal before. But derbies can be cruel occasions.Barely three minutes later Coutinho outwitted him on the edge of the Everton penalty area and curled in a delicious second to restore the hosts’ advantage. Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 2:26 PM 13,804 Views Everton manager Ronald Koeman opted against making changes at half-time and his faith was almost justified when Everton threatened an equaliser.Ross Barkley’s clipped free-kick invited a stretching cross-shot from Williams, which goalkeeper Simon Mignolet gratefully pounced on.Liverpool suffered an injury blow when Mane limped off after 57 minutes, having hurt his left leg in a collision with Baines.But his replacement, Origi, had only been on the pitch three minutes when he wrong-footed Robles completely with a vicious right-foot shot from Coutinho’s pass.Koeman finally made a switch, introducing the experience of Gareth Barry and Enner Valencia for Tom Davies and Pennington, but one misdirected Dominic Calvert-Lewin header aside, Liverpool were comfortable.Substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold almost made it a rout, but his clipped shot from Emre Can’s cut-back was spectacularly pushed away by Robles.© – AFP, 2017Interest in Man United target Keane ‘not rocket science’>‘Dembele a genius like Maradona and Ronaldinho’> https://the42.ie/3318680 Coutinho stars as clinical Liverpool too good for Everton in Merseyside Derby More worryingly for the hosts, Sadio Mane left the field injured in the second half after a hefty challenge from Leighton Baines. 29 Comments Image: PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img Share Tweet Email By AFP Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Apr 1st 2017, 2:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Sponsors drop play for depicting Julius Caesar as Trump

first_imgSponsors drop play for depicting Julius Caesar as Trump Delta Air Lines and Bank of America were not impressed by the portrayal. By Associated Press Source: Donald Trump Jr./Twitter Share1 Tweet Email Tina Benko, left, portrays Melania Trump and Gregg Henry, centre left, portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Julius Caesar Source: Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via APDELTA AIR LINES and Bank of America have announced they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theatre company’s portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike who gets stabbed to death on stage.Atlanta-based Delta released a statement yesterday saying it was pulling its sponsorship from the Public Theater “effective immediately”.“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” the statement said. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.”Later last night, North Carolina-based Bank of America said it was withdrawing its funding for the production.“The Public Theater chose to present Julius Caesar in such a way that was intended to provoke and offend,” the bank said in a tweet. “Had this intention been made known to us, we would have decided not to sponsor it.”‘Doesn’t advocate violence’ Performances at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater began in late May, just days before comedian Kathy Griffin was widely condemned for posing for a photograph in which she gripped a bloodied rendering of Trump’s head.Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director who also directed the play, said earlier in a statement that “anyone seeing our production of ‘Julius Caesar’ will realise it in no way advocates violence towards anyone.”Messages seeking comment from The Public Theater weren’t immediately returned. I wonder how much of this “art” is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does “art” become political speech & does that change things? https://t.co/JfOmLLBJCn— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 11, 2017 Monday 12 Jun 2017, 12:44 PM 21 Comments center_img http://jrnl.ie/3439739 Earlier yesterday, Donald Trump Jr retweeted a Fox News story about the play and wrote: “I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers? Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”Julius Caesar tells a fictionalised story of a powerful, popular Roman leader who is assassinated by senators who fear he is becoming a tyrant. It is set in ancient Rome, but many productions have costumed the characters in modern dress to give it a present-day connection.The production runs until 18 June.Read: Melania and Barron Trump finally swap New York penthouse for the White HouseRead: Puerto Rico votes to become 51st US state Short URL 11,053 Views Jun 12th 2017, 12:44 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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It would be disappointing if we didnt come away with six points

first_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Richard Dunne. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Mar 21st 2019, 11:16 PM Share6 Tweet Email Friday 22 Mar 2019, 7:54 AM 17,548 Views Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud We know that there will be tougher games as the group goes along but hopefully the other teams will be looking at us as well, thinking ‘they are off to a good start’, so Ireland’s going to be a tough game for us as well.“The teams in the group are strong, solid sides but they are not teams that I think we have to massively fear.“We’re not a million miles away from their level so I don’t think we have reason to be fearful and this is a good opportunity.” Switching attention to the more immediate challenge of Gibraltar on Saturday evening, Dunne believes a good result and a vibrant performance is vital in stirring the Aviva’s sleeping ears to cheer on Tuesday night. Given last year’s miserable fare, the ground was often deathly silent, and the last Irish game at the ground ended in a cascade of boos for the now-ousted Martin O’Neill. “I think the whole thing is sort of down in the dumps”, says Dunne.“We’re not scoring goals, we’re not exciting the fans.“But we have a great opportunity to score some goals against Gibraltar and excite the fans, and let it spill into the Georgia gameIf you get off to a good start, fans will come back and the momentum grows. It’s such a short period of games, once you get on a run it can last six months and that can be enough to see us through to the finals.“A lot of it is down to the players and how they are seen by the fans. If Mick can do what he did in 2002 and he can build that camaraderie among the group and let them grow as people, and have fun and enjoy themselves, then the fans will see it on the pitch.“We have to make sure we are as positive as possible.”  Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne dissect Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, and discuss the pros and cons of rugby’s new law proposals in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: By Gavin Cooneycenter_img https://the42.ie/4555045 Updated Mar 22nd 2019, 7:54 AM WHILE MICK MCCARTHY has been understandably keen to avoid the prospect of idle minds neglecting tomorrow’s game against Gibraltar in order to focus on Tuesday’s home clash with Georgia, those outside the camp can afford to take a wider view. One such figure is Richard Dunne, who believes that it is vital Ireland begin the campaign with two wins out of two in order to steel themselves for the upcoming challenges of Switzerland and Denmark. “I think it’s a given really that we will be aiming for six from six”, Dunne told The42.“Every team in the group will be going to Gibraltar to win and with the Georgia game being at home, I think it would be disappointing if we didn’t come away with six points.” Given that Ireland are third seeds in a five-team group, the incipient double-header is the only one in which they’ll play consecutive games against sides ranked below them. While both Switzerland and Denmark are strong opposition – the Swiss are perennial qualifiers, while the Danes have recently taken up residence in the darker parts of our memories  – Dunne believes neither opponents are to be feared. “They are tough games but if you can get off to that good start it just gives you confidence going into it. 7 Comments ‘It would be disappointing if we didn’t come away with six points’ Irish legend Richard Dunne isn’t getting lost in the ‘one game at a time’ cliché. Richard Dunne. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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If UK seek long extension theyll have to run candidates in European

first_img By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Pictured (LtoR) Minister of State Helen McEntee, Tanaiste Simon Coveney, and the next President of the EU Commission, Manfred Weber. Image: Sam Boal Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 7:11 PM Source: Christina Finn/Twitter 9,674 Views Mar 23rd 2019, 7:11 PM 9 Comments Share74 Tweet Email1 Weber says Thursday’s decision in Europe is the last chance for the UK pic.twitter.com/jPMFjSf7VC— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 23, 2019center_img https://jrnl.ie/4557742 THE MAN WHO is tipped to be the next president of the European Commissioner, Manfred Weber, has said the UK needs to give Brexit clarity before the European elections. The leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) downplayed the possibility of any long  Brexit extension, and questioned how the UK could be permitted in taking part in the European elections in May. If the Brexit date gets pushed out, Britain would have to elect MEPs. This would cause a major headache to other EU countries, including Ireland, who have gained seats after the reallocation of the UK’s seats in Europe.Ireland was allotted the additional two seats as part of the redistribution of seats due to UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Irish European election candidates elected in the South constituency and the Dublin constituency will not be able to take up their seats in the European Parliament until the UK has left the EU.This means that two Irish MEPs elected in this year’s European Parliament elections, despite Ireland being assigned an extra two seats. Image: Sam Boal Pictured (LtoR) Minister of State Helen McEntee, Tanaiste Simon Coveney, and the next President of the EU Commission, Manfred Weber. Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Weber told reporters at the Fine Gael National Conference today that the UK “uncertainty” now has the potential to “infect European decision-making process”.Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the Irish government has legislated for either scenario if Brexit happens with a deal or without.“I think that would have a disruptive impact and would may not be facilitated any way but even if it was, we do have a legal mechanism that would essentially meant that two of the 13, the last elected in Ireland South and the last elected in Dublin would essentially not take their seats until that vacancy arose when the UK leaves the EU and therefore withdraws from the European parliament.”If a further extension is sought by the UK, they might not get it, said Coveney. If significant more time is sought “they would have to face EU elections”.“There are a lot of voices who will not accept that Great Britain will participate in the elections, I myself I must tell you I cannot explain to people in Spain, Greece, in Finland or even here in Ireland that a country that is leaving the European Union formally has a big say in the future of the European Union, that is a big question on the table,” said Weber. If UK seek long extension, they’ll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney The man tipped to be the next EC president says the UK is ‘infecting’ Europe’s decision-making process.. last_img read more

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How Mike McCormack went from not being able to give a book

first_img Image: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography By Aoife Barry 8 Comments Share15 Tweet Email1 McCormack was speechless when told he had won the Dublin Literary Award, to the point where he had to hang up on Lisa Coen of Tramp Press in order to let the news settle inside him.”I’m surprised at how bowled over I was, I wasn’t one bit blasé about it, I was completely stunned about it,” he says.It means a whole lot to me. It’s two years since it was published and we’re still talking about it. Usually books have a shelf life of three, four months or something – they say it’s between bread and yogurt.He considers himself fortunate, saying that it’s all about “your book falling into the right hands at the right moment”.”It fell into the right people’s hands, they went with it, they had great faith in it. They also had great faith in the public,” he says of Tramp. He describes them as “fearless”.The book had gone through so many hands and people were moaning and griping and pissing about various aspects of it. Oh yeah. Marianne, my agent, still won’t tell me how many people turned it down.It’s been a long and unevenly paved road to reach this point for McCormack, and there’s still tarmac ahead of him. The beginning of his writing career was smooth: great reviews of his short stories. Then his long-awaited first novel came out, and the cobbles started tripping him up.”Still to this day it’s got the worst review of any book I’ve read,” says McCormack of his debut novel Forensic Songs. “You take these things on the chin.”There were “years literally where I couldn’t give a book away”, he says. Years where the thought of winning €100k must have seemed like a fever dream. But he says that he wouldn’t have it any other way.”It’s ok, we got through, it’s fine.”He learned a few things, though, about how to survive when your career is at a point you really don’t want it to be at.”Nothing quite prepares you for that desert campaign that you need in which to soldier on and keep going and everything like that.”When it’s going well you think it will go forever but I’m now old enough to know that and I’m now [experienced] enough to know that these highs won’t last forever, so you have to run with them and enjoy them when they’re here.”‘Our experimental instincts have been woken again’ How Mike McCormack went from ‘not being able to give a book away’ to winning a €100k award The Irish author won the €100k International Dublin Literary Award this week for his novel Solar Bones. Mike McCormack 9,935 Views Jun 16th 2018, 9:00 PM Ask McCormack about the current condition of Irish fiction and he sits up straight in order to tell you exactly what he thinks. Chiefly, he is full of admiration for the generation just behind him.”Our experimental instincts have been woken again,” he says. “The generation behind me are writing things which are formally and thematically more interesting.” He highlights the work of people like Lisa McInerney, Claire Louise Bennett, Rob Doyle, and Donal Ryan.Why this new resurgence in experimentalism? “One of the reasons for that is they’ve grown up without the Celtic Tiger and there’s something about that. And they look back and see that shambles and they say ‘fuck it, the old ways didn’t serve us very good’,” says McCormack.He believes, too, that being nurtured by Irish editors has served them well, as Irish writers don’t have to feel like they’re in translation.”It shocked me to sit with Lisa Coen on Solar Bones and not have to translate myself and not have to explain myself as I would have to do: context, nuance, idiom, all that sort of thing,” says McCormack. “It was a real shock to me to see just how readily we do translate ourselves.”He says that Tramp Press are a generation younger than him, so he benefited from their access to writers like McInerney, Louise O’Neill, and Rob Doyle, who championed Solar Bones online. “I’m so amazed by it and really grateful.”The book has sold steadily – “it’s never gotten anywhere near the bestelling list or anything like that”, says McCormack. He’s grateful to Tramp, but he’s also grateful to Marcus Conway.”There’s been a sign out in my imagination for a long, long time and it says ‘engineer wanted’. An engineer shows up here, there’s work for them. So Marcus came forward,” says McCormack.Now that he’s won this latest prize, the author – who has long taught creative writing – is able to work on his next project. “It frees up time to write other books because that’s what writers do when they get money. They go away and write another book,” he says of the €100k prize.”That’s our livelihood and that’s our condition and that’s what we do and this prize… actually, people should take note of how imaginative this prize is, there’s nothing like it in the world. That’s why I’m so proud to win it.”It’s unsullied by any corporate involvement. Our civil society doesn’t always get it right but it’s important to recognise it when it does get it right.Right place, right time, right writer, right prize. Now to await what McCormack brings to us next.Solar Bones is out now.center_img Mike McCormack Image: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 9:00 PM Listen back to Mike McCormack’s interview with @SeanRocksARENA @RTEArena on winning the 2018 award. https://t.co/A29NtzqTJq pic.twitter.com/Q7Z8RUoTGv— Dublin Lit Award (@DublinLitAward) June 14, 2018 https://jrnl.ie/4067322 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article MIKE MCCORMACK’S MULTI-AWARD-WINNING novel Solar Bones gets a lot of attention for being, essentially, one long sentence.But just as what could be a gimmick isn’t really a gimmick (the structure makes so much sense readers recoil at the thought of it being conventionally written), it’s also not what its author sees as the most radical part of this particular piece of fiction.“Everyone talks about the experimental nature of the book, and they always talk about the lack of punctuation and the way the story unfolds, and they see that as the experimental nature of the book. I’m not so certain that that is the experimental part of the book,” Mayo-born McCormack tells TheJournal.ie, as we sit down to discuss the fact his novel has just won the prestigious €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award.“What I think is the greatest experiment in the book is: Here’s a book about a happy family, a middle class engineer who has no worries and who loves his wife and his kids and who has no material want. Now, make a novel out of that.”McCormack laughs a small laugh. It feels like he’s laughing at himself for having the audacity to attempt such a feat in the first place, but it’s a laugh of relief too. For Solar Bones is the little book that could, a book that was rejected again and again and again until two women behind a small Irish independent publishing house – Tramp Press – were so moved by it they told McCormack (by this stage no doubt presuming the book was a dud) they wanted to publish it themselves.That was some decision. The latest award joins the Goldsmiths Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’ Novel of the Year and Book of the Year awards on his award-stuffed mantelpiece, alongside his long-listing for the Man Booker Prize.For those who have read and fallen for the marrow of Solar Bones, the fact Tramp Press (Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff) fell for it is a no-brainer. The book is so full of emotion, of life, of love, that it’s almost an overwhelming read. You even find yourself moved by descriptions of what mundane everyday work as a civil engineer is like. It’s the sheer ordinariness of the protagonist Marcus Conway’s life, and how he clutches every part of it so close to him, that punches you hardest in the gut.Marcus is an everyman. But he’s no trope. He is so unique and so himself while also – in what feels like a contradiction – being so distinctly Irish, so distinctly from the West of Ireland that you realise you must know men like him.“I think it’s just it sounds as dull as ditchwater – there’s no murder, there’s no drama,” says McCormack of the everyday elements to the book’s plot. “I thought that was the greater experiment at the heart of the book.”Men and womenMike McCormackSource: Chris Bellew/ Fennell PhotographyI put it to him the book is about masculinity, and a certain type of modern Irish man, one who isn’t afraid of his emotions.He agrees, saying that when the book was finished, he looked at it and thought “yeah, that’s a portrait of various aspects of masculinity – the dad, the son, the father, the lover, the engineer”.”But you know… here’s the thing, there was something about the book that continues to baffle me and that is that once the book was written, women became the hero of the book,” he adds. His wife, artist Maeve Curtis, was the first reader, his agent Marianne Gunn O’Connor told him it was the best thing he’d ever given her, and the two women at Tramp Press gave the book new life.Why McCormack finds this notable is because at first, men just didn’t connect with the book at all. After his agent, it fell into the hands of male editors. “They baulk, they lose their nerve… two of them did bring it to acquisitions meetings at major publishers, failed to get it across the line, other men, accountants [didn’t connect with it],” recalls McCormack.And so: enter two Tramps. Enter two women, and they take up the book.He worries it sounds patronising to say that women are the heroes of the book – “but it’s just historical fact, that the people who got on side of the book immediately were four women. I can’t explain that, all I can do is just point it out to you.”McCormack learned that “the publishing industry underestimates the willingness of readers to go on adventures”.McCormack is comfortable writing about the lives of men. His own father died when he was barely an adult, and so the topic of fathers is one that he has untangled with his pen. He became a dad himself the day he sent Solar Bones off to his agent.”In an incident you wouldn’t chance as a fiction writer, [my father] went out one night for a pint and a man had a heart attack beside him in a pub and died,” says McCormack of his dad’s untimely passing. “And he went to his funeral two nights later and came home and had a heart attack and died. He was in his mid forties.”The fathers he writes about are generally decent men, he says, “not sullen, aggressive/passive-aggressive that we’re led to believe from a certain scheme of Irish fiction is the way the masculine father, the way the father figure is written”.Marcus Conway is no silent, brooding father. He’s an expressive one.”It doesn’t present itself that way to me, it’s probably because of a lot of wishful thinking on my own behalf – wishing for still, at the age of 50-something, wishing for a kindly dad.”Fortune favours the bold Short URL Source: Dublin Lit Award/Twitterlast_img read more

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Generation Y and the hard times

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A recent study by the St Georges Bank found that many Generation Y adults (aged 18 – 30) still expect their parents to financially help them when it comes to rent and board, buying a house and their wedding, and that nearly a quarter never had to budget or save. As the jobless rate creeps up, the question arises: Are the 18-30 year old age group, often criticised for their cockiness, feeling the heat?  “The economic crisis is not directly affecting me at the moment as I already have a part time job and am still being supported by my parents,” Ashlee Williams, a final year Deakin University student who just turned 21 said.“I haven’t necessarily thought about working harder to get better marks for job opportunities. “However, I do worry about the likelihood of being able to get a job at the end of the course after all this hard work.” This message is also true for final year law student, Pamela Mitropoulos, who adds that the economic crisis has not impacted her study motivations. She reveals that she was preparing to maximise her job opportunities even before the downturn by completing legal volunteer work and part-time work as a legal clerk.“As law is a very competitive field, I have always been aware that to be considered for employment, my marks would have to be of a high standard,” she said. However Mitropoulos too is concerned about future employment opportunities. “Due to the global financial crisis, this year has been particularly difficult for law graduates seeking employment in the legal field as many firms have reduced their graduate intake by more than 50 percent. “I am very fortunate to have been offered a legal traineeship but I still have worries that the financial crisis will worsen to the point where I will not be able to retain that employment.”Nicholas Dinopoulos, a final year music student at Melbourne University recently moved back home as the negative financial climate took its toll. But the 21 year old hits back at criticisms that Gen Y are unable to stand on their own feet. “I’m actually living rent free for the first time since I finished school,” he said.“Since I finished high school, apart from an occasional medical bill perhaps, my parents have not contributed for my personal expenses. “I’ve held several jobs and thanks to a harsh learning curve, live quite well within my means.” He hits back at Gen Xers Baby Boomers and the privileges they enjoyed when recounting that his parents went to university for free and that they talk of a number of their friends who ‘sponged off the system!’ Christopher, a second year Deakin University student, identifies with the St George’s Bank finding that, “everything is getting more expensive and it is harder for parents to give money to kids.” Like the others he is not scared of upping the ante on how much he studies to maximise his job prospects. Passing is more important than repeating.  “But I have been spending less and saving more in case of emergency,” he adds. “The current economic situation is the harsh reality that no-one is going to be able to escape,” reflects Dinopoulos. “It’s likely making everyone, regardless of age, think very seriously about the personal circumstances they find themselves in and so it should.” It seems every generation has had a recession to deal with. last_img read more

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Reward for terror suspects

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Public Safety Minister Michalis Chryssochoidis last week offered a reward of 600,000 euros to anyone who can provide information about three wanted criminal suspects known as the “robbers in black,” as it emerged that the three men are believed to have links to resurgent domestic terrorism.Chryssochoidis, whose newly formed ministry has pledged a police crackdown criminal activities, promised anonymity to anyone with information about Simeon Seisidis and his brother Marios, aged 33 and 28 respectively, as well as Grigoris Tsironis, aged 30.The announcement came after Public Safety Minister Michalis Chryssochoidis and Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou signed a joint decision last week promising the reward and full anonymity for informants that help authorities bring the three into custody, stressing that there are outstanding warrants for their arrest on criminal charges but also outstanding convictions against them.The Seisidis brothers and Tsironis are believed to have planned and carried out an armed robbery on a branch of National Bank in central Athens in January 2006 which resulted in the injury of one of the perpetrators, 28-year-old student Yiannis Dimitrakis, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence for his part in the raid.Chryssochoidis’s decision to issue a reward for the capture of the other three suspects comes just a few days after he called for the reinvestigation of the terror group November 17, which was disbanded in 2002 and whose key suspected members are serving long jail sentences.last_img read more

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Symbolism tag ignites multicultural debate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Gillard government’s new multicultural strategy is short on substance and ignores more than half of all newly arrived immigrants, according to comments made last week by the Coalition’s immigration spokesman Scott Morrison.Mr Morrison rounded on the government’s recent actions on multicultural policy, telling the media that since the government announced a raft of changes one year ago, including beefing up the Australian Multicultural Council as a “champion for multiculturalism”, a year down the track, the initiatives amounted to little more than “symbolism”. “I don’t think anything has changed,” said Mr Morrison, adding that in his view that the government made only, “some announcements appointed some committees and published some glossy brochures.” Mr Morrison, who last year supported the government’s announcement on multicultural policy initiatives, describing them as “very worthy” added that the government-funded Australian Migrant English Program was also failing, and unable to help migrants take their place successfully in the broader community.Ms Maria Vamvakinou MP, chair of the government’s Joint Standing Committee on Migration, which is currently undertaking an inquiry into multiculturalism, responding to Mr Morrison’s criticisms, told Neos Kosmos that the government’s strategy was “a combination of powerful symbolism and constructive practical application.“We are proud to state clearly that we support the genius of multiculturalism because the Federal Labor Government believes in Multicultural Australia, Mr Morrison does not.” Rebuffing the Coalition’s criticisms that settlement services were too focused on permanent migration, Ms Vamvakinou said: “I certainly hope Mr Morrison does not intend to wind back settlement services for newly arrived permanent migrants should he become Australia’s immigration Minister. Such a move would present a very real threat to social cohesion.” Ms Vamvakinou said that evidence so far submitted to the inquiry suggests “there are areas that need further attention,” including the adequacy of English language teaching and settlement of temporary migrants, and that the committee would “make recommendations that address fault lines, wherever they may be”. Ms Vamvakinou said that evidence so far submitted to the inquiry suggests “ there are areas that need further attention,” including the adequacy of English language teaching and settlement of temporary migrants, and told Neos Kosmos that the committee would “make recommendations that address fault lines wherever they may be”. The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) has also contested Mr Morrison’s criticisms. Chairman Mr Pino Migliorino pointed to initiatives such as the National Anti-Racism Partnership, and the appointment of a national race discrimination commissioner as evidence of constructive action taken by the government. “Most importantly we have finally seen multiculturalism back on the national agenda, after a long period of neglect during which our diversity as a nation, and the strength this affords us, was not appropriately recognised,” said Mr Migliorino.In regard to the Migration English Program, FECCA has said that it would welcome the provision of more learning hours, increased engagement with employment opportunities and tailoring the program to meet the specific needs of new and emerging communities.last_img read more

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Grexit could spark global economic crisis German think tank says

first_imgA Greek exit from the eurozone could trigger a global economic crisis of dire proportions and must be avoided at all costs, a respected German think tank said in a study published on Wednesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right government has strongly criticized Greece’s repeated failure to meet tough fiscal targets since its debt crisis erupted in late 2009 but has recently stressed it wants Athens to stay in the eurozone. Merkel, who was met with large protests by austerity-weary Greeks during a trip to Athens last week, has praised the efforts of Greece’s new government to put the public finances in order, though she also says much remains to be done. “A Greek exit from the euro carries the risk of a European and even international conflagration and could trigger a global economic crisis,» Bertelsmann Foundation said, citing the study it commissioned from Prognos AG. Greece’s departure would entail costs for the country, already in its fifth year of recession, totaling 164 billion euros, or 14,300 euros per capita, until 2020, said the study, which ran a cost analysis of various scenarios. A ‘Grexit’ would create pressure for the other heavily indebted southern European countries – Portugal, Spain and even Italy – to leave the common currency, a development that it said would threaten «a dramatic international recession». “The 42 most important economies would suffer total economic losses of 17.2 trillion euros (in that worst case scenario),» the think tank said. “In the current situation now we absolutely have to prevent the eruption of a conflagration,» said Aart de Geus, chairman of Bertelsmann Foundation. Financial market concerns about a possible meltdown of the eurozone have eased considerably since the European Central Bank announced it was ready to buy unlimited amounts of debt issued by weaker countries to reduce their borrowing costs. Other factors such as the launch of the eurozone’s permanent bailout fund have also helped to steady investors’ nerves but Greece still remains in a very weak situation and economists say it will need another debt restructuring. International lenders are still struggling to reach agreement with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s government on further reforms and austerity measures as a precondition for the payment of the next tranche from its 130-billion-euro bailout. On Tuesday, the labor minister and the lenders briefly suspended their talks due to disagreement over labor reforms intended to make Greece more competitive. EU leaders will discuss plans to bolster the eurozone with a banking and fiscal union at a two-day summit this week. A senior German government official said on Wednesday he did not expect a substantial discussion about Greece at this summit. [Reuters] Source:Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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